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Phrasal Verbs

Phrasal Verbs

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Published by David C
List of English phrasal verbs
List of English phrasal verbs

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Verb
 
Meaning
 
Example
 
ask
 
someone
 
out
invite on a date Brian
asked
Judy
out
to dinner and amovie.
ask ar
ou
nd
ask many people thesame questionI
asked ar
ou
nd
but nobody has seenmy wallet.
add
u
p
to
 
something
equal Your purchases
add
u
p
to
$205.32.
back
 
something
 
u
p
reverse You'll have to
back
u
p
your car so that Ican get out.
back
 
someone
 
u
p
support My wife
backed
me
u
p
over my decisionto quit my job.
bl
ow
 
u
p
explode The racing car
ble
w
 
u
p
after it crashedinto the fence.
bl
ow
 
something
 
u
p
add air We have to
bl
ow
50 balloons
u
p
for theparty.
break d
ow
n
stop functioning (vehicle,machine)Our car
br
o
ke d
ow
n
at the side of thehighway in the snowstorm.
break d
ow
n
get upset The woman
br
o
ke d
ow
n
when thepolice told her that her son had died.
break
 
something
d
ow
n
divide into smaller parts Our teacher
br
o
ke
the finalproject
d
ow
n
into three separate parts.
break in
force entry to a building Somebody
br
o
ke in
last night and stoleour stereo.
break in
to
 
something
enter forcibly The firemen had to
break in
to
the roomto rescue the children.
break
 
something
 
in
wear something a fewtimes so that it doesn'tlook/feel newI need to
break
these shoes
in
beforewe run next week.
break in
interrupt The TV station
br
o
ke in
to report thenews of the president's death.
break
u
p
end a relationship My boyfriend and I
br
o
ke
u
p
before Imoved to America.
break
u
p
start laughing (informal) The kids just
br
o
ke
u
p
as soon as theclown started talking.
break
out
escape The prisoners
br
o
ke
out
of jail when theguards weren't looking.
break
out
in
something
develop a skin condition I
br
o
ke
out
in
a rash after our campingtrip.
bring
 
someone
 
d
ow
n
make unhappy This sad music is
bringing
me
d
ow
n
.
bring
 
someone
 
u
p
raise a child My grandparents
br
ou
gh
t
me
u
p
aftermy parents died.
bring
 
something
 
u
p
start talking about asubjectMy mother walks out of the room whenmy father
brings
u
p
sports.
bring
 
something
 
u
p
vomit He drank so much that he
br
ou
gh
t
his
 
dinner
u
p
in the toilet.
call ar
ou
nd
phone many differentplaces/peopleWe
called ar
ou
nd
but we weren't ableto find the car part we needed.
call
 
someone
 
back
return a phone call I
called
the company
back
but theoffices were closed for the weekend.
call
 
something
 
off 
cancel Jason
called
the wedding
off 
because hewasn't in love with his fiancé.
call
o
n
 
someone
ask for an answer oropinionThe professor
called
o
n
me for question1.
call
o
n
 
someone
visit someone We
called
o
n
you last night but youweren't home.
call
 
someone
 
u
p
phone Give me your phone number and Iwill
call
you
u
p
when we are in town.
calm d
ow
n
relax after being angry You are still mad. You need to
calmd
ow
n
before you drive the car.not
care
fo
r
someone/something
 not like (formal) I don't
care
fo
r
his behaviour.
ca
t
ch
u
p
get to the same point assomeone elseYou'll have to run faster than that if youwant to
ca
t
ch
u
p
with Marty.
check in
arrive and register at ahotel or airportWe will get the hotel keys whenwe
check in
.
check
out
leave a hotel You have to
check
out
of the hotelbefore 11:00 AM.
check
someone/something
out
look at carefully,investigateThe company
checks
out
all newemployees.
check
out
someone/something
look at (informal)
C
heck
out
the crazy hair on that guy!
cheer
u
p
become happier She
cheered
u
p
when she heard thegood news.
cheer
 
someone
 
u
p
make happier I brought you some flowersto
cheer
you
u
p
.
chip in
help If everyone
chips in
we can get thekitchen painted by noon.
clean
 
something
 
u
p
tidy, clean Please
clean
u
p
your bedroom beforeyou go outside.
c
o
me acr
o
ss
something
find unexpectedly I
came acr
o
ss
these old photos when Iwas tidying the closet.
c
o
me apar
t
separate The top and bottom
c
o
me apar
t
if youpull hard enough.
c
o
me d
ow
n
w
i
t
h
something
become sick My nephew
came d
ow
n
w
i
t
h
chickenpox this weekend.
c
o
me
fo
r
w
ard
volunteer for a task or togive evidenceThe woman
came
fo
r
w
ard
with herhusband's finger prints.
c
o
me
r
o
m
somewhere originate in The art of origami
c
o
mes
r
o
m
Asia.
 
c
ou
n
t
 
o
n
someone/something
rely on I am
c
ou
n
t
ing
o
n
you to make dinnerwhile I am out.
cr
o
ss
 
something
 
out
draw a line through Please
cr
o
ss
out
your old address andwrite your new one.
c
ut
back
o
n
something
consume less My doctor wants me to
c
ut
back
o
n
sweets and fatty foods.
c
ut
 
something
 
d
ow
n
make something fall tothe groundWe had to
c
ut
the old tree in ouryard
d
ow
n
after the storm.
c
ut
in
interrupt Your father
c
ut
in
while I was dancingwith your uncle.
c
ut
in
pull in too closely in frontof another vehicleThe bus driver got angry when thatcar
c
ut
in
.
c
ut
in
start operating (of anengine or electricaldevice)The air conditioner
c
ut
s in
when thetemperature gets to 22°C.
c
ut
 
something
 
off 
remove with somethingsharpThe doctors
c
ut
 
off 
his leg because itwas severely injured.
c
ut
 
something
 
off 
stop providing The phone company
c
ut
 
off 
our phonebecause we didn't pay the bill.
c
ut
 
someone
 
off 
take out of a will My grandparents
c
ut
my father
off 
whenhe remarried.
c
ut
 
something
 
out
remove part of something(usually with scissors andpaper)I
c
ut
this ad
out
of the newspaper.
d
o
someone/something
ov
er
beat up, ransack (Br.E.,informal)He's lucky to be alive. His shop was
d
o
ne
ov
er
by a street gang.
d
o
 
something
 
ov
er
do again (N.Amer.) My teacher wants me to
d
o
myessay
ov
er
because she doesn't like mytopic.
d
o
a
w
ay
w
i
t
h
something
discard It's time to
d
o
a
w
ay
w
i
t
h
all of theseold tax records.
d
o
 
something
 
u
p
fasten, close
D
o
your coat
u
p
before you go outside.It's snowing!
dress
u
p
wear nice clothing It's a fancy restaurant so we haveto
dress
u
p
.
dr
o
p back
move back in aposition/groupAndrea
dr
o
pped back
to third placewhen she fell off her bike.
dr
o
p in/by/
ov
er
come without anappointmentI might
dr
o
p in/by/
ov
er
for tea sometime this week.
dr
o
p
someone/something
off 
take someone/somethingsomewhere and leavethem/it thereI have to
dr
o
p
my sister
off 
at workbefore I come over.
dr
o
p
out
quit a class, school etc I
dr
o
pped
out
of Science because it wastoo difficult.
ea
t
 
out
eat at a restaurant I don't feel like cooking tonight. Let's
ea
t
 

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